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Annabel Croft: ‘Strictly has helped me to smile again’

Annabel steps out on Strictly (Picture: PA)

However Annabel Croft says whirling across the ballroom is simply what she must smile once more.

The previous junior Wimbledon winner, 57, now a tennis commentator, stated: “I simply love the truth that it takes you away to a distinct place.

“We’re attempting to get there, I don’t suppose I’ve obtained there but.

“However attempt to really feel the music and when you’ve obtained the steps, simply to let go of all the pieces…simply dance and be free in your spirit.”

Annabel, who misplaced her husband, America’s and Admiral’s Cup yachtsman Mel Coleman, 60, to most cancers in Might, added: “I did ballet after I was about 4, however you haven’t any inhibitions as a baby.

“You don’t have any baggage hooked up to you, so that you’re simply very free. It’s taking me again to a few of my childhood a little bit bit. It’s actually liberating.

“It’s like daily there’s a course of and actually each second of daily is stuffed. However I’m having fun with it. I’m actually loving it really.”


Collectively 36 years…Annabel and husband Mel (Picture: Getty)

This week mum-of-three Annabel and dance associate Johannes Radebe are performing a jive to Really feel It Nonetheless by Portugal. The Man.

She has been coaching laborious alongside fellow Strictly contenders together with Angela Rippon, Ellie Leach, Bobby Brazier and Nigel Harman.

Mel and Annabel had been collectively for 36 years when he died, simply weeks after being identified with most cancers. Nobody would have blamed Annabel for refusing or suspending the prospect to do Strictly.

However Mel was a giant fan of the hit contest and, regardless of admitting to nerves and a painful evening of tears earlier than the primary week, Annabel stated the present was “bringing pleasure” into her life.

She is used to self-discipline and dealing laborious. Her years of tennis coaching gained her Wimbledon and Australian Open women’ tournaments at 17.

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 Annabel Croft as a teenager

Croft is finest identified for being a tennis star in her teenagers (Picture: Getty)

Annabel, who retired from the game at 21 and moved to TV work, stated: “That is positively taking me again to extra of the structured routine of being an expert tennis participant.

“I feel all athletes and people who find themselves aggressive love that routine, they love the coaching.

“And it’s good simply to get off the bed and know precisely what you’re doing that day and also you’re simply going to go to it and work as laborious as you possibly can.”

She stated of her every day 10-hour Strictly coaching: “The primary week is simply exhausting. I simply thought ‘Oh my God, I really feel like I’ve been hit by a truck’. I simply couldn’t get off the bed.

“However I’ve obtained used to it now, my physique’s tailored to what’s required. I simply really feel like I get pleasure from it. So it’s like, what else am I going to do? Go house and simply twiddle my thumbs?

“I’m studying a lot, it’s unbelievable. I’ll be unhappy when it’s throughout.”

Professional Johannes added: “I’ve by no means labored this many hours since I’ve been on Strictly. I’ve obtained anyone who pushes me and it’s simply beautiful she’s actually right here to discover ways to dance and to say it’s not concerning the glory of all of it.”

  • Strictly Come Dancing will likely be screened at 6.30pm right now and tomorrow on BBC1. Each exhibits may also be obtainable on iPlayer
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